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  • Crossover Concept - Detective Agency

    So, this is a topic for assembling "Detective" archetype character ideas into a multi-supernatural detective agency. All the game-lines have the ability to make such characters, though some work better/easier than others. Please post any detective characters you have played or can think up - either geared towards the role, or playing against type. Or interesting cases, or interactions, or anything related, really.

    Long ago, the Arisen Ishaq, of the Sesha-Hebsu, He of the Piercing Gaze, Hunter of Secrets, who declared the primacy of his Ren before Bastu, fell in love with using fine details to uncover the deepest mysteries and bring judgement upon those who thought they've escaped justice . He even restructured his cult, now the Association of the Illuminated Eye, to uncover details about various mysteries and cases in between his Descents, waking him when they encounter particularly hard or dangerous cases. His cult/business has seen a boom in growth in recent years, ever since he hired Evelyn Friday (A.K.A., Ms. Friday, a Messenger/Inquisitor) to handle secretarial work and contract negotiation, and has been branching out into wider supernatural concerns.

    They're now hiring - apply within.
    Last edited by Vent0; 04-26-2016, 12:14 PM.


    Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
    Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

  • #2
    Here's another one:

    Gabrielle Cassidy (Werewolf, Irraka, Iron Masters)
    "Gabby" was one of those reporters that her interviewees like least to see - appearing out of no where, recorder and/or camera handy, and asking uncomfortable questions. It didn't help that her targets of choice almost always had something to hide. Despite her incisive exposes and editorials, her career took a dive after some of her investigations into the city's big names turned up nothing, giving her the nickname of "Cries Wolf" amongst her peers. Bouncing from paper to paper, she seemed destined for tabloids when she tried to accuse a wealthy philanthropist of some kind of human blood trafficking. After sneaking out in the dark of night under the new moon to investigate an old factory she believed was a distribution point, she was captured and tied up. And underwent her First Change, escaping her bonds and hunting down everyone in the factory. Though there was some blood, police never found any bodies, nor sign of much struggle, leaving the incident destined for their cold case files. For Gabby, she's merely found new ways to "hunt" for the Truth by joining the IE Detective Agency.

    Concepts and Ideas: Werewolf Investigative Reporter/Detective. Totem acting as an immaterial "Watson". Uses Irraka Siskur Dah Condition (Unaware) to prime her targets for surprise interviews.
    Last edited by Vent0; 04-19-2016, 10:26 AM.


    Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
    Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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    • #3
      Anybody have any suggestions for Beast? Or variant suggestions for Mage or Changeling (because the basic concept is so easily a detective, what about one that plays against type, like an Ogre or Obrimos)?


      Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
      Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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      • #4
        Hope you don't mind if throw this out there...

        Maria Katsaros (Beast, Anakim Nemesis)
        Maria's childhood was an unhappy one; her parents were loving but poor, working three and a half jobs between them to make ends meet, leaving little time for her and her siblings. It didn't help that other children were always cruel, because of their lack of money, and her unusual height. Not even the most well-meaning teachers or priests could protect a girl who topped six feet by the time she was fourteen, and in her school, well-meaning teachers were few and far between. More than one authority figure joined her classmates in muttering about her "freakishness," not knowing (or not caring) how good her hearing was. In her junior year of high school, she walked straight from a brutal tongue-lashing by the principal to interrupting a group of bullies beating up her younger brother. She snapped, leaped on them in a fury, and was beaten unconscious herself for the trouble.

        When the unconsciousness slipped into sleep, she had the dream again, the dream of the monster who whispered secrets into her ear even as it hunted her; it was the last time she would have that dream, or any other. She realized the monster had been herself all along, and awoke in the hospital bed, the Horror looking out of her eyes. Shortly after that, those bullies never bothered anyone again. Maria finished high school, putting on muscle and curves as the rest of her body caught up with her height, and joined the police academy; it seemed like a perfect positive outlet for her Hunger to Punish those who harmed children. It worked out well for a few years, until she let her emotions get the better of her one too many times, and was fired for police brutality. Fortunately, the IE Detective Agency is always on the lookout for new talent. For the first time in her life, she finally feels at home.

        In the waking world, Maria is a six-foot-three amazon with smooth olive skin and warm Mediterranean features. Her Horror is a massive, yet disturbingly graceful giantess, with razor claws and three heads upon her broad shoulders; those of a she-wolf, tigress, and eagle. Maria is a valued asset to the Agency for her tremendous strength, keen senses, contacts on the force, and grateful devotion to her newfound family.... though her enemies from her days on the Force haven't forgotten her either.

        Concepts: Giant avenger of the small, the heavy. Priority Atavisms are Cyclopean Strength and Needs Must. Likely to develop Kinship Nightmares based on other detectives.

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        • #5
          WarDragon Thanks for that. How well do you think she'd get along with the secretary? (As, according to fluff, Unchained and Begotten aren't supposed to mesh well)


          Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
          Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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          • #6
            (I kinda went way overboard with this, but when I saw a request for a non-obvious changeling investigator I decided to rise to the challenge. Didn't go with an Ogre though.)

            George “Wash” Zeghers (Changeling: Beast Oni/Author)

            I got the pictures.” He says, softly. “Found the honest-to-god truth, just like you wanted, just like you paid for. Don't shoot the messenger.”

            Wash pretends to hate his job. He sighs often, chews his bottom lip constantly, and never seems to be able to meet the eyes of his more desperate clients. He pretends to be a man near the end of his rope, worn down by years in the business. He looks the part as well. Receding black hair above hollow eyes above thin, slack, lips and weeks-unkempt beard.

            His Mien tells a different story. Wash is a changeling, who cares for the truth above laws or feelings, who does what he does because he does it better than anyone else. Greater truths aren't his concern. No corruption or conspiracies draw his attention, just people being lied to by those they trust. A wild midnight mane encircles his pale and wrinkled face. His skin is gray and patched with brush-strokes, like a water-color painting. His eyes are large, dark, and hungry, and his stretched smile barely contains a mouthful of tusks and fangs.

            Wash's story started with a claims adjustment, the part of his job that used to be his specialty. A car accident led to a hospital room that led to a durance spent as a guardian lion sitting at the feet of a blind and deformed god. Wash would watch scenes of madness and sorrow unfold in front of him and then whisper them into his master's ears to keep him entertained. The only grotesqueries the keeper could not abide, were the facts of his own appearance. As the fae covered his ears and wailed in defiance of the truth, Wash made good his escape.

            Some people would call what Wash does now stalking, though he just considers himself a truth-seeker. Whenever a paranoid spouse or suspicious employer comes looking for a background check, looking for dirt, Wash does “his best” to convince them that the truth isn't always pretty, isn't always worth it. More often than not, they don't listen. So he takes his camera and goes to work. He asks questions and takes photos, artistically incriminated, but never wholly untrue. He paints a picture, tells a story. The truth in its barest, ugliest form. People don't like what they see. They cry, or scream, or shout, and Wash grows stronger. He never feels sorry for it. What he does isn't wrong. After all, they asked for it.

            Relationships:

            Ishaq: He's been on this job longer than anyone. And I mean anyone. He has a lot of stories to tell, a lot to teach, when he can keep all the details straight.

            Friday: We don't talk much. She always gets straight to the point, doesn't mince words, and then she's off again. I think maybe she should cut loose sometimes, but I can respect her dedication to the job.

            Gabby: I really relate to her. A wild animal, a nosy nuisance, a girl after my own heart. She's a good kid. I keep having to remind myself that she's not my kid. She doesn't need me looking after her.

            Maria: PI's usually work for the defense, so it's a bit awkward sometimes to have a cop hanging around. She's saved my pelt more times than I can count on one hand though, so I can look past it.

            Concepts: Brutally honest PI. Takes great pride in his photography and narrative. Contracts probably include Fang and Talon (senses) and Discreet Conjuration. Dual-Kith merit, obviously. Mien and Seeming blessing probably involve being inappropriately honest or blunt.

            (I might make another one of these...)

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            • #7
              Hard to say for sure without knowing more about Ms. Friday, but it probably depends a lot on who won the initial detection/dominance roll-off. If Maria won, or if they tied, then Ms. Friday probably does a bunch of little passive-aggressive things to mess with her, doing whatever she can to cover her fear short of naked hostility or hindering investigations. If Friday won, then Maria's probably scared as hell of whatever dirt the demon's got on her.

              It's... probably best if they avoid each other when at all possible.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Vent0 View Post
                Anybody have any suggestions for Beast? Or variant suggestions for Mage or Changeling (because the basic concept is so easily a detective, what about one that plays against type, like an Ogre or Obrimos)?
                I got a tentative concept for a Vampire, as well as for a Changeling who specializes in locating magical phenomena. Names may be subject to change....

                * Amado Tejera - Columbian, Male (Gangrel, Les Gens Libres Bloodline, Ordo Dracul)
                * Susan Malloy - Irish American, Female (Changeling, Spelldrinker)


                "My Homebrew Hub"
                Age of Azar
                The Kingdom of Yamatai

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WarDragon View Post
                  Hard to say for sure without knowing more about Ms. Friday, but it probably depends a lot on who won the initial detection/dominance roll-off. If Maria won, or if they tied, then Ms. Friday probably does a bunch of little passive-aggressive things to mess with her, doing whatever she can to cover her fear short of naked hostility or hindering investigations. If Friday won, then Maria's probably scared as hell of whatever dirt the demon's got on her.

                  It's... probably best if they avoid each other when at all possible.
                  Ms. Friday's personality is... dynamic. She changes it depending on the audience, the context, and her purpose. Externally, at least. Internally, amongst the rest of the Agency, she's "strictly professional" - clear cut, to the point, helpful but not quite friendly. The only one she seems to display some real affection for is Ishaq, whom she dotes on as a forgetful uncle. Regarding Maria, they probably do engage in petty aggravations due to unease, but nothing besides that due to professionalism (on Friday's side, at least), and "family" (for Maria's side). Probably a situation of "you might not like them, but you can respect them and you are on the same side".

                  Ishaq's personality can be summed up as "absent-minded/forgetful veteran of his craft". He's full of old stories and pointers (when he can remember them), and he looks at each member as a combination of valued employee, protege, and nephew/niece. The "absent minded" part gets dropped when he focuses on a mystery of his own, though.
                  Last edited by Vent0; 04-25-2016, 03:13 PM.


                  Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
                  Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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                  • #10
                    Ms. Morte
                    Mage, Moros, Free Council
                    Consultant Coroner

                    She removes her rubber gloves with a snap, not even bothering to touch the body. "Double shot from a small-caliber handgun to the back of the head. Mob caught up with her for fleecing their gambling den and denning the boss' daughter. I thought I told you not to bother me with this small-time stuff?"

                    Any good detective agency needs quality contacts, and Ms. Morte is one of them. Really, she's a three-for-one: her day job as a police coroner gets her lots of access to open cases, her role in the local Concilium gives an in for Supernal goings-on, and her boredom with both means she'll work freelance for the agency. It's hard to keep her attention, and she downplays her interest in any case, but her expertise with bodies and the dead means she's indispensable for those times when the corpses just start piling up. Just don't ask her about Spirits. Really don't.
                    Last edited by AceOfAlmonds; 04-25-2016, 12:38 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Vent0 View Post

                      Ms. Friday's personality is... dynamic. She changes it depending on the audience, the context, and her purpose. Externally, at least. Internally, amongst the rest of the Agency, she's "strictly professional" - clear cut, to the point, helpful but not quite friendly. The only one she seems to display some real affection for is Ishaq, whom she dotes on as a forgetful uncle. Regarding Maria, they probably do engage in petty aggravations due to unease, but nothing besides that due to professionalism (on Friday's side, at least), and "family" (for Maria's side). Probably a situation of "you might not like them, but you can respect them and you are on the same side".

                      Ishaq's personality can be summed up as "absent-minded/forgetful veteran of his craft". He's full of old stories and pointers (when he can remember them), and he looks at each member as a combination of valued employee, protege, and nephew/niece. The "absent minded" part gets dropped when he focuses on a mystery of his own, though.
                      Sounds about right; Maria can be plenty professional (well, depending on how Hungry she is at the moment). Though the "family" part would be more out of respect for "Uncle" Ishaq and the other "cousins" in the Agency, not Friday herself. To quote the book, "Demons are not kin." Ironically, if there's anybody around that she'd suspect of betraying the Agency, it'd be Friday, no matter how likely that actually is.

                      Probably knows Ms. Morte from way back, too.

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                      • #12
                        Has no-one got a Geist character? Because if not, can a place be held for one of mine. They'll probably be a consultant for if the agency has a particularly difficult that necessitates dealing with the ghosts of the victims or entering the Underworld or similar shenanigans.
                        Last edited by ajf115; 04-26-2016, 05:32 AM.


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ajf115 View Post
                          Has no-one got a Geist character? Because if not, can a place be held for one of mine. They'll probably be a consultant for if the agency has a particularly difficult that necessitates dealing with the ghosts of the victims or entering the Underworld or similar shenanigans.
                          Feel free - it's not like there is only a 1-character-per-splat rule.

                          This also gave me the idea for another related character - but a patron/employer, rather than a member or consultant: A Bonepicker/Advocate that hires the Agency to investigate "cold cases" on behalf of ghosts. Giving back to the community, as it were.


                          Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
                          Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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                          • #14
                            Oh, note that Fan-splats are perfectly acceptable/allowed.


                            Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
                            Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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                            • #15
                              Anton Neville Krausberg (Sin-Eater, Stricken, Advocate (former Bonepicker))
                              Anton grew up in the gutter, constantly on the lookout for any advantage or even his next meal. His story would have ended there, in fact it did end there, one cold, dark night as Anton lay dying of the flu in some alley. But there in the darkness, he made a Bargain. Given a new lease on life and strange powers, Anton resolved to never get stepped on or over again. Dealing with the discarded shades of the departed, he'd found hidden caches of drugs and cash, bought himself some small position and respect, and leverage his "connections" to rise even further. In a few decades, he'd left his life of squalor far behind, undercut his rivals, and made millions. He even "opened" his own casino (after getting the previous tenants/owners convicted of murder). But he never forgot the "friends" who enabled his fortunes. Now in his twilight years, he's determined to give back to the voiceless dead. Anton's vast contacts amongst the more persistent ghosts of the area let him hear about those who've been wronged unto the grave, and beyond. And he's willing to pay the IE Detective Agency to see the dead get their justice.

                              Concepts and Ideas: Financier and Advocate for the Dead. Reformed Cut-throat Capitalist.


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                              Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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